Young Levin apprentice Sam O’Malley will never forget High Quality.
It was aboard the six-year-old gelding for his employer, Geoff Haigh, on whom O’Malley broke his drought and finally landed his first winning ride at Woodville on Thursday.
The win came in his 64th ride and capped off five minor placings, four of them on High Quality, a son of Handsome Ransom.
“It’s great for young Samuel,” Haigh said. “He’s a good kid and he’s ridden some really nice races. He’s just needed that bit of luck and a bit more confidence. He’s starting to pick it up now and is going great guns.”
Meanwhile, later on the card Foxton apprentice jockey Temyia Taiaroa picked up her first win aboard the Kevin Myers-trained Duffers Creek in the Dannevirke Dairy Supplies 1400.